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Act II, Julius Caesar: Comparison of Relationship between Brutus and Portia and . Julius Caesar - A Comparison of Brutus and Cassius Essay. strong relationship with Caesar but a stronger relationship with. Rome and its As the quote says, Brutus would not allow Caesar. to rise to power the assassination of Julius Caesar, Brutus talks to Antony about. Caesar's. Antony's army is seeking revenge against Brutus and the other conspirators for assassinating Julius Caesar. Though he only appears in a few scenes in Julius.
He has no personal grudge against Caesar, his only concern is the good of Rome. He values honour above all other virtues. Things others say about them: He keeps this secret from his trusted wife. He dislikes the fact that Caesar has become like a king in the eyes of the Roman citizens and leads his friend Brutus to believe that Caesar must die. He is impulsive and deceptive, sending Brutus forged letters to convince him to murder Caesar. He is shrewd and understands how the political world works but his friendship with Brutus means a lot to him.
Despite never believing in omens, he starts to see signs of failure and loses confidence. When he senses defeat in battle, he knows it is time to die and kills himself with the blade that stabbed Caesar.
Facts we learn about Cassius at the start of the play: He does not think Caesar deserves the power he has got. He once saved Caesar from drowning and considers him physically weak. His dislike of Caesar appears to be more personal than that of Brutus. He wants Brutus to believe these things too.The great conspiracy against Julius Caesar - Kathryn Tempest
Such men are dangerous. The last of all the Romans, fare thee well. He begins the play as a victorious leader returning from battle. The people of Rome even offer to make him king and he seems to enjoy his power, even though he refuses the crown.
Seen as too ambitious by the conspirators, he is eventually murdered by them to protect Rome and its ideals as a republic. The characters mention objects such as hats and doublets large, heavy jackets — neither of which existed in ancient Rome. Caesar is mentioned to be wearing an Elizabethan doublet instead of a Roman toga.
At one point a clock is heard to strike and Brutus notes it with "Count the clock". Analysis and criticism[ edit ] Historical background[ edit ] Maria Wyke has written that the play reflects the general anxiety of Elizabethan England over succession of leadership.
At the time of its creation and first performance, Queen Elizabetha strong ruler, was elderly and had refused to name a successor, leading to worries that a civil war similar to that of Rome might break out after her death. Brutus sees Caesar's ghost.
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Many have debated whether Caesar or Brutus is the protagonist of the play, because of the title character's death in Act Three, Scene One. But Caesar compares himself to the Northern Starand perhaps it would be foolish not to consider him as the axial character of the play, around whom the entire story turns.
Intertwined in this debate is a smattering of philosophical and psychological ideologies on republicanism and monarchism. One author, Robert C. Reynolds, devotes attention to the names or epithets given to both Brutus and Caesar in his essay "Ironic Epithet in Julius Caesar". Reynolds also talks about Caesar and his "Colossus" epithet, which he points out has its obvious connotations of power and manliness, but also lesser known connotations of an outward glorious front and inward chaos.
Caesar is deemed an intuitive philosopher who is always right when he goes with his instinct, for instance when he says he fears Cassius as a threat to him before he is killed, his intuition is correct. Brutus is portrayed as a man similar to Caesar, but whose passions lead him to the wrong reasoning, which he realises in the end when he says in V. Houppert acknowledges that some critics have tried to cast Caesar as the protagonist, but that ultimately Brutus is the driving force in the play and is therefore the tragic hero.
Brutus attempts to put the republic over his personal relationship with Caesar and kills him. Brutus makes the political mistakes that bring down the republic that his ancestors created.
He acts on his passions, does not gather enough evidence to make reasonable decisions and is manipulated by Cassius and the other conspirators. Certainly, this is the view that Antony expresses in the final scene.
But one of the central strengths of the play is that it resists categorising its characters as either simple heroes or villains. The political journalist and classicist Garry Wills maintains that "This play is distinctive because it has no villains".
The characters rotate around each other like the plates of a Calder mobile. Touch one and it affects the position of all the others. Raise one, another sinks. But they keep coming back into a precarious balance.
In this, the role of Cassius becomes paramount.
Performance history[ edit ] The play was probably one of Shakespeare's first to be performed at the Globe Theatre. Charles Hart initially played Brutus, as did Thomas Betterton in later productions. Julius Caesar was one of the very few Shakespearean plays that was not adapted during the Restoration period or the eighteenth century.
This landmark production raised funds to erect a statue of Shakespeare in Central Park, which remains to this day. A one-night performance in the natural bowl of Beachwood CanyonHollywood drew an audience of 40, and starred Tyrone Power, Sr.
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The student bodies of Hollywood and Fairfax High Schools played opposing armies, and the elaborate battle scenes were performed on a huge stage as well as the surrounding hillsides. The play commemorated the tercentenary of Shakespeare's death.
A photograph of the elaborate stage and viewing stands can be seen on the Library of Congress website. The performance was lauded by L. Another elaborate performance of the play was staged as a benefit for the Actors Fund of America at the Hollywood Bowl. Caesar arrived for the Lupercal in a chariot drawn by four white horses. The stage was the size of a city block and dominated by a central tower eighty feet in height.
The event was mainly aimed at creating work for unemployed actors. Three hundred gladiators appeared in an arena scene not featured in Shakespeare's play; a similar number of girls danced as Caesar's captives; a total of three thousand soldiers took part in the battle sequences. CaesarOrson Welles 's famous Mercury Theatre production, drew fevered comment as the director dressed his protagonists in uniforms reminiscent of those common at the time in Fascist Italy and Nazi Germanydrawing a specific analogy between Caesar and Fascist Italian leader Benito Mussolini.
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Time magazine gave the production a rave review,  together with the New York critics. The production was considered one of the highlights of a remarkable Stratford season and led to Gielgud who had done little film work to that time playing Cassius in Joseph L.
Mankiewicz 's film version. Gielgud made his final appearance in a Shakespearean role on stage as Caesar in John Schlesinger 's production at the Royal National Theatre. The cast also included Ian Charleson as Octavius. Arvind Kumar translated Julius Caesar into Hindi.